Literature - Master's

The Literature concentration engages traditional chronological periods of British and American literature alongside a wide variety of additional course offerings. Flexible plans of study provide opportunities to focus on conventional literary-historical areas as well as far-reaching critical and theoretical fields. Our courses help students pose and investigate problems in the advanced study of literature in English, and also provide a strong foundation for those students seeking to pursue a Ph.D. in literature or related fields. Students analyze texts, identify relevant contexts, and communicate complex ideas in a clear, artful manner. Additionally, by developing students’ written and oral communication skills, research abilities, and analytical prowess, this concentration establishes core competencies required for work in many fields.

We offer both a thesis and non-thesis option for the Literature M.A. 

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Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in English program are required to have:

    1. Undergraduate GPA: at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    2. Statement of Purpose: should be no longer than two pages and include the following:
      1. Description of skills and qualities the candidate brings to the program
      2. Candidate’s motivation for obtaining a Master of Arts in English
      3. Candidate’s long-term goals in seeking a Master of Arts in English
      4. How the Master of Arts in English contributes to the achievement of those goals
      5. If applying for a Teaching Assistantship as well, the candidate should use this statement to address the candidate’s teaching interests and how the teaching assistantship contributes to the applicant’s overall goals.
    3. Writing Sample: should be an eight-page minimum, critical essay appropriate for submission in an upper-division, undergraduate English class

Early application submissions are encouraged. Graduate teaching assistantships are limited in number and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

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Degree Details

Degree: Master of Arts
Major: English
Concentration: Literature

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